We are delighted to welcome Lis Meates to the team, as our new director of service delivery and development, with responsibility for the strategic direction of our clinical and therapeutic services for babies, children, young people and their families.
Having trained as a children’s nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and worked as a community children’s nurse, Lis later moved north to set up a community children’s palliative care team in Manchester, building and leading a large multi-skilled team providing short breaks, trips out and 24 hour end of life care in families’ own homes. More recently, she was asked to restructure the bereavement service at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital where she gained valuable experience in bereavement support and supporting families whose child has died suddenly and unexpectedly.
It’s fantastic to welcome someone of Lis’ calibre and experience to Forget Me Not. She’ll not only bring a wealth of nursing skills adding considerable value to our unique nurse led approach, but she’ll also bring passion to everything she does, commitment to putting the needs of families first, a listening approach, a fantastic network of professionals and most importantly the ability to turn our exciting plans into action for the benefit of babies and children in West Yorkshire.
Lis said: “I’m excited to join Forget Me Not at what is a significant time for the children’s hospice as it embarks on its new five year strategy. It’s great to see that despite having to make some tough decisions over the last 12 months, staff remain completely focused on and passionate about meeting the needs of the families they support. With their innovative nurse-led approach to delivering care and finding new solutions for the many challenges families face, Forget Me Not is leading the way in children’s hospice provision and I’m thrilled to be part of that!”
You can read more about Lis here